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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Recovering ...


We arrived home on Tuesday after a two day flight from Italy.  It was a wonderful three week whirlwind, taking in three days in Norway and then Milan, Bologna, Venice, Rimini, Sansepolcro, Anghiari and back to Milan for three days.  When I eventually get to view the photos, I'll share some of these places with you.

Now, to get to the story of 'Lady' the kangaroo, above.  The picture above shows her relaxing in her bed at Kilmore's Wildlife Rescue Centre.  The following story, by Grace Taylor, was in yesterday's Melbourne Herald Sun.

Helping roos to bounce back
Lisa Milligan has worked as a nurse for nearly six years but she says nothing compares to the rewards of nursing injured kangaroos back to health.

"Kangaroos are very loyal.  They're a lot like dogs," she said.  "They look at you and know you're helping them.  "When I release them back into the wild I often stand there and cry.  It's like losing a best friend."
Opened to help cope with the horrific results of Black Saturday, the Kilmore Rescue Centre is financed out of Lisa and her husband Duane's own pockets.

"It's hard work but it's rewarding, the animals know you're helping them," Ms Milligan said.

Her most recent admission to the centre was Lady, an eastern grey kangaroo who came in paralysed from the waist down.  After eight weeks of care in the centre, physiotherapy has Lady standing on her own and she has regained feeling in her legs and tail.

Picture:  Ellen Smith
Source:  Herald Sun 

18 comments:

Betsy said...

Well, welcome back! Your trip sounds marvelous!

What a picture! LOL! Look at those long legs! Hope you bounce back into the routine of things very soon! :)

le style et la matière said...

Such a beautiful odalisque! Glad to know she's on her feet again.
Welcome back!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Very nice to hear that lady is recovering...
ooooo, some nice trip!!!!

Teri said...

I've missed you! I can't wait to see your photos from your trip. When will I ever get there! I really want to but it just doesn't materialize. One of these days. I'll wait until I hear about your trip so I know where to go. Love that roo...isn't that wonderful that they are like dogs? I didn't realize that. I thought that they were wild and would kick.

alaine@éclectique said...

Betsy...great to be back! Will get back into it soon but at the moment, feel great for a few hours, then flop! Trust you had a lovely Thanksgiving! xa

alaine@éclectique said...

le style et la matière...well, I must admit, I had to look that up - a concubine? :) Happy to see you here - loved your tour of the Chateau Brissac! xa

alaine@éclectique said...

Teri...that's so nice! I have not yet got around to viewing the photos we took - I'll start with Norway some day soon but in the meantime, you will appreciate that there was a pile of laundry and acres of grass to mow! It's fantastic the work this husband and wife team are doing and yes, kangaroos can kick and claw if they feel threatened. Do hope you can visit Tuscany one day; the history is amazing!

alaine@éclectique said...

Gwen...Hi! Yes, it was wonderful; of course quite a bit of rain this time of the year but we bought cheap umbrellas and trudged around for hours not really noticing the wet stuff!! The last night in Milan, after a wonderful restaurant meal with friends, we ceremoniously chucked the umbrellas into a bin outside the hotel! I suppose you're snowed in by now........?

flutietootie said...

Looks like the kangaroo gets treated better than some people do.
It is really sweet to be helping wildlife restore itself.

dancingbeastie said...

Ah, welcome home at last! Hope the jetlag wears off soon. Love the kangaroo story - this has to be the most comfortable-looking roo I've ever seen.
I look forward to your holiday photos!

Paul C said...

How endearing. The kangaroo knows when you are helping them. Perhaps it's a universal response among humans and animals. Sounds like you had a most wonderful trip.

Maureen Walsh said...

Just discovered your blogspot! Can't wait to get stuck into the rest of your blogs!Just love kangaroos!
Maureen
http://wwworphanstones.blogspot.com

alaine@éclectique said...

Maureen...glad you found my blog! There are two or three posts with kangaroos, koalas and all of the birds that fly in for a feed.

alaine@éclectique said...

DB and Paul C...still sifting and sorting photos! Many thanks for dropping in!

Vagabonde said...

I am looking forward to reading about your trips and your impressions. I saw you went to Rimini – it must have changed a lot since I went there. I went 2 years in a row with 4 other girl friends from Paris. We stayed one month each time and had a wonderful time. Your flight sounds so long. My husband is telling me I need to plan a trip to Australia for next fall, but I am thinking about the long flight from Atlanta…

alaine@éclectique said...

Vagabonde...we loved Rimini, what we saw of it in only six hours. Our friend, Fabrizio, lives right in the centre, grew up there. I believe it's a very popular resort in the Summer months.

I'm pretty sure I'm done with travelling so far and will now limit trips to 4 hours plane flight; see a bit more of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. I so envy those living in Europe with all of these wonderful places just short hours away! Two days flying is just so uncomfortable.

Derrick said...

Hi Alaine! Glad you had a good trip. The 'roo picture is charming and it's good to know that some people have compassion and a healing touch.

lvroftiques said...

Oh thank goodness Lady is feeling better! She certainly has a lovely place to recuperate.
Your trip sounded divine! Vanna